Juan Morse

When I attended Thomas Jefferson High School back in the 70's, my yearbook advisor handed me the school's only 35mm SLR film camera and told me that I was going to be the new yearbook photographer. I had absolutely no photography experience and now I have been recuited to take pictures. As Murphy's Law would have it, there were no instructions with the camera and my advisor had no idea how to operate the camera. And as far as I knew, there was no one in the entire school who could instruct me on how to take a proper picture.
With multiple questions in my head about the task at hand, Ms. Morimoto looked me straight in the eyes and said, "Here is a handful of film, take the camera home and practice".
Btw, she had this certain twinkle in her eye which I understood as, "You'll never get out of this task". Over the years, I'd grown accustomed to her eye twinkles and I knew something needed to be done and as the lead guy, I had to get it done.
She took a beat and continued to encourage me by saying, "You're a smart guy and you'll figure it out".
Which confirmed to me, I was not going to be able to get out of this job. So, being the smart guy we both knew I was, I accepted the challenge.

That was in September of 1976.
And, little did I know, I had just been introduced to a life long passion.
One of the biggest lessons I've learned about photography:
I had a device in my hand that can freeze time in a split second and capture an unforgettable moment in time, that will never ever happen again. And, if you hesitate, you have given away a precious gift.

I thank God for being so gracious and providing me with time and opportunity to capture those moments that He set before me.
So, we should all take a hint from the Book of Matthew and not bury our creative talents under a bush.
(Matthew 25:14-30)

Mr. Juan